on the 47% of americans who don't pay federal income taxes. >> 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. >> reporter: with an obama campaign ad still repeating those remarks, romney tried to put an end to the controversy once and for all on fox. >> clearly in a campaign with hundreds, if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you are going to say something that doesn't come out right. in this case, i said something that's just completely wrong. >> reporter: democrats maintain that tone deafness extends from main street to sesame street. so obama aides sent a protester in a big bird outfit to romney's event in virginia to mock his call to end funding for pbs. romney will spend part of his weekend in florida, back in debate prep. the other part hitting the president once again on the economy. as one senior romney adviser put it, weak job growth should not be the new normal. jim acosta, cnn, st. petersburg, florida. >>> speaking of mitt romney, taking the stage in florida shortly for a rally. we may dip in and listen to mr.